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HOLOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED BY SHAH ABBAS ivt A.H. 1012 (1603).
(Through the courtesy of Abdul Majid Belshah.)

[Purport—Shah Abbas acknowledges his indebtedness for the book (on which he had written
these lines) to Baha-u-Din.J

CHAPTER LXIII

SHAH   ABBAS  THE   GREAT
His Person then is such, as well-vnderstanding Nature would fit for the end
proposed for his being, excellently well shaped, of a most well proportioned
stature, strong, and active ; his colour somewhat inclined to a man-Kite black-
nesse, is also more blacke by the Sunnes burning: his furniture of his mind
infinitely royail, wise, valiant, liberall, temperate, mercifull, and an exceeding
lover of Justice.—SIR ANTHONY SHERLEY on Shah Abbas.
Shah JbbasL, A.H. 985-1038 (1587-1629).—The six-
teenth century- was a wonderful epoch both in Europe and
in Asia, producing great rulers with prolific bounty. Of
these, Charles V. and Elizabeth in Europe can be matched,
if not overmatched, by Sulayman of Turkey, Akbar th'e
Moghul Emperor, and the subject of the present chapter.
And yet how unpromising were the prospects of the infant
destined to be famous as Shah Abbas the Great! Left
in Khorasan as its purely nominal Governor, he passed
through boyhood a mere puppet in the hands of rival
chieftains. His guardian, Ali Kuli Khan, Chief of the
Shamlu, had united with Murshid Kuli Khan, chief of
the Ustajlu, nominally to protect his rights, but actually
for personal aggrandisement. As was to be expected, the
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